When controlling fleas, it’s continually said that prevention is better than cure. Through regular use of a quality spot-on flea treatment product, you will prevent fleas living on your pet for long enough to multiply. Using a monthly flea treatment consistently will mean that any flea which finds your pet will die without laying eggs. This breaks their life cycle.
How do fleas take hold?
Once fleas have become established it can be tricky to remove all traces of them. Fleas only spend their adult lives on your pet. It is the flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and immature adults that take up residence in your pet’s environment. This can include your garden, your home, your cat basket, even your bed. A pet who has fleas will scatter flea eggs everywhere they go, so if you only find one adult flea on your pet, there will be a hundred more in your home or garden. The complete eradication of fleas takes at least three months and requires regular cleaning and treating of the home, as well as using a quality treatment product at monthly intervals.
I only treat my pet for fleas when I see them
Do not wait until you see fleas before treating with a flea product. This is not an effective approach and is often too late. Fleas love to hide away in thick areas of hair cover, and it can be tricky for pet owners to spot the presence of fleas until their pet either develops a hypersensitivity or the infestation has become difficult to hide. Quite often, bites on human ankles are the first sign of fleas living in the sofa or floorboards.
In the vet practice, most diagnoses of flea infestation come as a surprise to the owner. It is easy to miss the signs of fleas, especially if you are a new pet owner with no experience dealing with a flea problem.
My pet does not encounter other pets, so they won’t catch fleas
Even if your pet is antisocial, she can still catch fleas from a number of sources. Fleas do not usually leap from animal to animal. Instead, they tend to wait in the environment for a host to come along. Then they use their powerful legs to jump onto the animal to feed and reproduce. Fleas may be lying in wait in any number of locations, in your carpet, under a bush, or even at their favourite neighbour’s house.
It’s good practice to make sure all your pets are treated for fleas at the same time. This will prevent a build-up of the many lifecycle stages of a flea in your home.
Why monthly flea treatment subscription is the perfect solution…
A monthly flea subscription box for your pet means that you will never forget to treat for fleas again and that is where our Well Pet Club is perfect.
Using our Well Pet Club health plan also allows you to spread the cost of flea, tick and worm treatments across the year, commitment free. No more bulk buying of expensive treatments that you might forget to use. At Orchard House Vets we use the best preventative treatments for your pet to make protection against fleas completely hassle-free, so that’s one less thing for you to remember.
Protect your pet, and home, against the hidden dangers of parasites by joining our Well Pet Club today.